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So I have recently come across a book that describes some of the differences between extraverts and introverts, one of my favorites sub-sections of personality temperaments. (The Introvert Advantage by Marti Laney). The book also differentiates between left-brained and right-brained introverts, something that I had never thought to consider when thinking about our own introverted type.

So I read through the descriptions, and even though I have always tested consistently as an INFJ (Feeling being a very important part of this), I keep getting directed in the left-brained direction, a process that is based on logic.

Which isn't really a problem except that it completely goes against the Feeling side of the inFj spectrum.

Some of the different traits between the two are:

Left-Brainers- analyze pros and cons before taking action, are usually neat and tidy, give concrete examples when describing something, are keenly aware of time, proceed one step at a time, likes to focus on one task at a time, is idea-oriented, seek exact solutions.

Right-Brainers- Playful in solving problems, respond to events with emotion, interpret body language easily, have a good sense of humor, improvise, use metaphors or analogies when describing something, deal with several problems at once, not realize all that you know.


I was wondering if any of you had ever tested you brain in this way, and are there any left-brained INFJs out there? And what does this mean in terms of our emotions if our brains by default are logic-based?

I'm open to any sorts of theory and discussion!
 

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I've never studied left-brain/right-brain differences, but just because we are INFJ doesn't mean we are simply "feelers" and thus illogical. If you think about it, Ni and Fe are largely unconscious. We pick up on vibes and understand how to interpret them without having to think it through. It's not until we get to Ti where we are consciously thinking about things. Ti is logical and objective for the most part. I'd venture a guess that INFJ's make use of their Tertiary function more than any other type. Therefore I'd say that we are pretty fucking logical (or at least the potential is there).

Just took the test and got 52% left and 48% right.

EDIT: Been thinking about the implications of a 50/50 left/right brain usage. I'm pretty certain the results are accurate (or close enough). My dad did LSD every weekend (at least) for a period of over 3 years before I was conceived. Not to mention I have experimented with Salvia and Ecstasy so perhaps that is another reason.
 

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I think like ertwert.

I've also got 52% left and 48% right

Your Left Brain Percentages
47% Reality-based (Your most dominant characteristic)
44% Sequential
27% Verbal
25% Symbolic
22% Linear
17% Logical (Your least dominant characteristic)

Your Right Brain Percentages
46% Concrete (Your most dominant characteristic)
39% Random
29% Intuitive
25% Nonverbal
20% Fantasy-oriented
18% Holistic (Your least dominant characteristic)

Also, if you look at the functions above, you see that i.e. many INFJ might be good at verbal or symbolic, and lack therefore of concrete because of the Ni. So the left/right brain hasn't only to do with feeling or thinking, but with all the other functions (like Ni, Se and so on), as well.
 
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Left Brain Right Brain
50% 51%

Your Left Brain Percentages 40% Sequential (Your most dominant characteristic)
40% Verbal
38% Logical
32% Linear
17% Symbolic
14% Reality-based (Your least dominant characteristic)

Your Right Brain Percentages 44% Nonverbal (Your most dominant characteristic)
44% Fantasy-oriented
30% Holistic
29% Intuitive
28% Concrete
12% Random (Your least dominant characteristic)

I can actually be very logical if I want to. It usually works like this: "gut feeling" = reaction
or sometimes "gut feeling" leads to "thinking about gut feeling" leads to "logical interpretation of events" = reaction

I don't know, I think even though I feel a lot, I also feel the need to analyze those feelings, and that ultimately leads (at least for me) to logic. If that makes sense :confused:.
(Or maybe I just think I'm being logical!)
 

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43% left brain 57% right brain

Your left brain/right brain percentage was calculated by combining the individual scores of each half's sub-categories. They are as follows:

Your Left Brain Percentages

54% Verbal (Your most dominant characteristic)
37% Linear
25% Logical
20% Reality-based
17% Symbolic
14% Sequential (Your least dominant characteristic)

Your Right Brain Percentages

48% Intuitive (Your most dominant characteristic)
46% Concrete
40% Fantasy-oriented
28% Random
25% Nonverbal
24% Holistic (Your least dominant characteristic)

Some of the questions on that assessment I don't see why they would be a proper measure of right vs. left brain -- do you like rock music? Most people do so how does that narrow it down effectively?


This is a little off-topic, but when I was reading through the results, particularly in the "intuition" section, this came to mind. When I was in grade school and high school I hardly ever studied for assessments. Honestly, many times I would just go with my "gut" feeling for the answer and it would be good enough to get by just fine. It wasn't until college when I started to actually read through material beforehand to study because of all the essay question assessments. But even then, in courses such as psychology or economics I'd choose to hardly go to class and I'd still get an A on every exam because it was that natural for me.
Guess that kind of reflects the INFJ Ni. :tongue:
 
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I haven't take any tests to check which side is dominant (I would not trust tests on this issue anyways, only an actual scan :p) but I started out as ambidextrous and from what my parents told me had good command of both hands. I still remember when I was a kid I'd take two pencils into both of my hands and then would draw on same drawing with both pencils simultaneously. Then I switched to writing with my left hand sometime in 3rd grade, though I can still write with my right hand somewhat OK. Right now I have some kind of weird division of tasks between my two hands. There are some tasks that my right hand can do that my left hand struggles with, and vice versa. All in all I'd say I'm more right brained than left brained. My right eye sees worse than my left eye. Whenever I get sick, I always get sick more on the right side of my body. Whenever I get colds flu or even pneumonia it is always the right side that gets more congested and the right lung that takes longer to recover.

I've read of a few sources trying to map MBTI functions onto hemispheres but there seem to be conflicting results. For example I read somewhere that Te maps to left side of brain while Ti maps to right side of brain, and same with Fe that Fe maps to left brain and Fi to right side. All in all I'd say unless you are in neuroscience it doesn't really matter much where exactly your functions map to.

Here are some references if anybody wants to learn more about neurology behind MBTI:
Benziger THE PHYSIOLOGY OF TYPE: JUNG’S FOUR FUNCTIONS
#8 Neurology Marries Psychology - Philosophy Unveiled - blip.tv
 

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Hmm, I am geared towards linguistics due to my 'symbolic' intelligence, but at the same time I'm not pretty verbal.

That's pretty accurate and describes the conundrum I'm always in: 'why study languages if you don't like talking that much?' But I love reading and writing...
 

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well i tested 56% left brained and 44% right brained, i seem to mix them well, while i am bad at the skills that right brainers have i have the thinking abilities of abstract thinking that the INFJ style promotes while also being heavily set on my left brained logical side

Your Left Brain Percentages

54% Reality-based (Your most dominant characteristic)
43% Linear
42% Logical
25% Symbolic
22% Sequential
14% Verbal (Your least dominant characteristic)


Your Right Brain Percentages

43% Intuitive (Your most dominant characteristic)
36% Fantasy-oriented
28% Random
28% Concrete
19% Nonverbal
0% Holistic (Your least dominant characteristic)
 

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Left Brain: 63%
Right Brain: 37%

Your Left Brain Percentages

53% Sequential (Your most dominant characteristic)
42% Symbolic
37% Linear
34% Logical
34% Reality-based
14% Verbal (Your least dominant characteristic)

Your Right Brain Percentages

37% Concrete (Your most dominant characteristic)
36% Holistic
25% Nonverbal
20% Fantasy-oriented
15% Intuitive
6% Random (Your least dominant characteristic)
 

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Didn't mean to hijack the thread with the test, but it seems most INFJ are fairly balanced in their left/right brain usage. I'm almost tempted to make the other types do it now...
 

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46% left, 54% right


Your Left Brain Percentages

27% Reality-based (Your most dominant characteristic)
25% Logical
22% Linear
22% Sequential
17% Symbolic
14% Verbal (Your least dominant characteristic)


Your Right Brain Percentages

34% Random (Your most dominant characteristic)
34% Intuitive
32% Fantasy-oriented
13% Nonverbal
12% Holistic
10% Concrete (Your least dominant characteristic)

I've always assumed that I must be a right-brained person.
 

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Your Left Brain Percentages

37% Linear (Your most dominant characteristic)
34% Verbal
27% Sequential
25% Symbolic
21% Logical
7% Reality-based (Your least dominant characteristic)

Your Right Brain Percentages

44% Fantasy-oriented (Your most dominant characteristic)
38% Nonverbal
29% Intuitive
18% Holistic
17% Random
10% Concrete (Your least dominant characteristic)
 

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I'm very badly dyslexic and one of the characteristics of this is that Im neither left nor right brain dominat Im 50/50
I could pass for an INTJ except Im really soppy and lovely and keep falling in love:happy:
My ENFP friend is also dyslexic and 50/50 with the left/right brain thing, it makes for a strange type of creativity.

I love thinking it is my respite from strong emotion. If Im crying real hard, a heavy chemistry text book to read is a soother and stops me. Its like I have 2 brains! bothe however are dyslexic. My thoughts/firing neurons are constantly jumping from one side to another, which is one of the reasons why dyslexics get easily confused and take longer to do things.

I have the charactersistics of both left and fight brained dominant, which is great but unfortunatly at the price of being dyslexic:sad:
The results are very interesting. there does seem to be a pretty even balence. I wonder if this is a Ni and F thing. I say that because Ni is both analytical in a logic sence, but guided by the unconcoius in a less logical way. The F because surely the INTJ would ne hard on logic and fact?? or maybe not?
may be this is an Ni thing??
I kind of wonder though if your just testing certain characteristics and skills on the test. There has been a lot resurch on this and duel brain dominance is very rare because it is a actualy a hidrace. On a brain scan it shows up for dylexcis and autism.
I think it may be that we are complex, we all seem insainly courius about everyhting and are mostly very acedmeic for both the arts and science, and therefor are able to answer test questions in such a way that shows a range of skills and gives a balenced brain result. where as infact a brain scan would show otherwise.

The right side of the brain is capable of developing left side functions, look at people who have sufferd brain damage and strokes in time they recover. the undamaged parts of the brain take over. I think whats happen here is we have INFJ developing left side functions in the right side of the brain!!

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It is interesting we tend to score even left/right on this test. I score that way historically. I would be interested to see correlation between results and personality type.

I think the results below are reasonable. I definitely use symbolic, concrete, and intuitive processes (not sure what to make of reality-based) heavily.

"... when contemplating something without concrete form, you may [...] attempt to understand what is trying to be processed in visual terms." Yes.

Left Brain Right Brain
47% 53%

Your Left Brain Percentages

47% Reality-based (Your most dominant characteristic)
42% Symbolic
27% Verbal
25% Logical
22% Linear
22% Sequential (Your least dominant characteristic)

Your Right Brain Percentages

55% Concrete (Your most dominant characteristic)
48% Intuitive
34% Random
32% Nonverbal
18% Holistic
16% Fantasy-oriented (Your least dominant characteristic)

I seem to also not do things very sequentially. I was making a sandwich for myself today and it was like I'd get a knife for the mayonnaise but then go to the fridge for some turkey and salami and cheese, grab the lettuce instead, open the jar of mayonnaise but still not put it on yet, open the bag of lettuce and wash some ... and so on. But I tend to find that odd considering how much I like things structured and decisions made. I practically never research something I have to decide on well. I just want to decide and make it work. Literally I picked graduate schools to apply to almost at random from a Princeton review list. If I get into any of them, I consider it ambitious of me that I actually want to tour the schools first before picking one.
 
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